William Pratt (1855-1936)
|Artist Name||William Pratt (1855-1936)|
|Title||Girl Droving Calves|
|Description||This stunning Scottish Edwardian figurative landscape oil painting is by noted Glasgow born artist William Pratt. Painted circa 1910 and titled Girl Droving Calves, this lovely painting is of a girl and young calves. She is driving them through the countryside and they are all bathed in dappled sunlight beneath a blue sky. The girl glances over the field beyond her to a farmer with his sheep and dog. It is a beautiful painting with echoes of the Glasgow Boys and Scottish Impressionists as influences.
Signed lower right.
|Provenance||D. C. Thomson, Glasgow, from whom purchased December 1920;
And by descent.
Original artists label verso. Signed and titled.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||30 x 20 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an original ornate gilt Scottish swept frame, 39 inches by 29 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||William Pratt (1855-1936) was born in Glasgow. He was a painter in oils and watercolour of landscapes, marines and figure subjects. He trained at the Glasgow School of Art and Academie Julian, Paris. He spent several years in Crail and from 1892–1894 he devoted himself to painting the sea from a studio he built on the shore at Kilminning,Crail. He was a very talented figure painter and was awarded a bronze medal for his painting, 'The Old Covenanter', in the jurors awards of the Edinburgh Exhibition in 1886. He exhibited 30 pictures in Crail for the benefit of Crail Public Library, including large portraits of Mr and Mrs Cairns of Ashburn House. He lived at Kirkintlloch, later moving to Lenzie around 1910. He is represented in Glasgow Art Gallery and also the Edinburgh collection.
Exhibited: Royal Academy 6, 1880-1936, Royal Scottish Academy 64, Royal Society of Watercolour Painters 7, Glasgow Institute 161, Aberdeen Artists Society 3, Walker Gallery Liverpool 23.